Plus, as a Korean-American athlete, she wants to represent both her parents' culture and her own to the best of her ability.
Jong Jin Kim, who moved to the United States from South Korea in 1982, won over spectators around the world with his charming homemade signs ("Go Chloe!") and irrepressible pride. She pulled off back-to-back 1080s and bettered her first run with a 98.25. She secured her spot with a strong second run that had flawless pacing and control in the halfpipe at Phoenix Snow Park. But they wait about 1,000 years, and then they turn to dragon.
When it mattered most, Nilsson went flying through the course in a time of 3:03.84, finishing slightly more than three seconds ahead of Falla in second place.
During her first halfpipe run, Kim was listening to "Paparazzi" by Lady Gaga. But after falling on the third trick of her second run, Kim showed why she's regarded as the best in the world, flirting with a ideal score in the third run.
"Sometimes she's so tough on me", he said.
Liu Jiayu took silver with an 89.75 to become the first Chinese snowboarder to medal at the Olympics.
"Kirk Cousins", said Gold, smiling like a champion.
Kim would have made the Olympic team easily four years ago, only to have the calendar get in the way. "I just hope she lives as a happy girl". "She's handled success and pressure with grace and class, and it's refreshing". In the men's event, Johannes Klaebo of Norway won gold on his Olympic debut.
"I was grateful", Clark said Wednesday. "Trying to think of a caption is actually impossible but all I can say is thank you to everyone who's been there for me since the beginning".
She put on quite a show, and she will be rewarded in ways large and small.
He described the young athlete's father as a "Korean immigrant with no measurable skills, and little proficiency in English" who "made great sacrifices so she could develop her skills in snowboarding". He gushes with pride in raving that "She is my American dream", of his history-making daughter.